Included in this Issue
Leader-Daughter In-Person Event
~ Sunday, October 24th, 2p-4p, $5 per person, registration deadline EXTENDED to Fri Oct 22nd

Adult Learning Opportunities
~ Sunday, November 14th - First Aid, Level One Archery Rangemaster, Food Manager Training

Service Unit Volunteers Needed
~ Please complete the Volunteer Survey
~ Looking for a Cookie Booth Coordinator & Cookie Cupboard(s)

October GSNorCal Council Information
~ Meet the 2021 National Gold Award Girl Scouts
~ UPDATED Silver & Gold Award Training Info for Girls and Troop Leaders

Fall Product Sale Information
~ Girl delivery option and paper delivery ends October 24th

Operation Christmas Child
~ Collect items that fit in a shoebox and bless children in need around the world

September Volunteer Meeting
~ Slide deck in case you missed it
Leaders, Co-Leaders, Co-op Leaders 
Join us for a fun time with your daughters

Leaders and their Daughter(s) in the Outdoors Together

A special event to honor the work leaders, co-leaders, and co-operative leaders put into their Troops by allowing them a time to focus on their own daughters.

Date: Sunday, October 24th

Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: Amador Valley Community Park
Cost: $5 per person (includes Hiking Stick, friendly hike, patch, and Campfire Biscuits on a Stick)
Registration DeadlineEXTENDED to Friday, October 22nd

Link here to Register

Questions: Karen Rodriguez ( and Archana Thakur (
Adult Learning Opportunities
Sunday, November 14th
Registration Now Open

First Aid (link here to sign up)
First Aid certification requires an online and in person class.
Online ClassMust be completed before Nov 14th. Information for online training will be sent to all registered participants.
In Person Training:
Trainer: Tina Amber, a GSNorCal Volunteer
When: Nov 14
Where: Pleasanton (details will be provided to registered participants)
Cost: $55 - Paid directly to Tina Amber on day of event
First Aid Cheddar Up Link

Space is limited to 20 participants, over 2 sessions: 1-2:30pm 3-4:30pm

Level One Archery Rangemaster (link here to sign up)
Level One Range Master training is completed in 2 sessions, online and in person.
Online Training: Must be completed by Nov 14th. 4 hour online session through US Archery
Cost: $40 - paid to US Archery (online)
In Person Training:
Trainer: Deborah Dear (ECHO), a GSNorCal Volunteer

When: Nov 14th Time: 1-5pm
Location: Twin Canyons GS Camp

Cost: $60 - Paid directly to Deborah Dear, certified Rangemaster, on day of event
Total Cost: $100
Once registered, you will receive information for the online and in person trainings
Level One Archery Rangemaster Cheddar Up Link
Space is limited to 16 participants

Food Manager (link here to sign up)
Note, this is the next level up from Food Handler (link here for Food Handler information), and is required for running of Kitchen facilities at GS Camps for large events
Date: 11/14/21 Time: 9am - 3pm
Location: Hayward GS Cabin

Cost: $159/seat, which includes, the in-class training session, an electronic study guide, the paper-based exam (scantron), and the proctor fee.
There are no refunds. But substitutes could be allowed.
Instructor: Ana with Premier Food Safety
Food Manager Cheddar Up Link

Questions: Karen Rodriguez ( and Archana Thakur (
Looking for Service Unit Volunteers
We need help with a few important roles

Please click here to complete a Volunteer Survey

Could you step up to help?

Any Girl Scout Adult can fill these roles - you don't need to be a Troop Leader.
Looking for help with the roles in red text.

We are in great need of a few crucial volunteers.

Cookie Booth Coordinator - Reach out to stores (in Dec-Jan) to arrange cookie booths during cookie sales (Feb-Mar)

Cookie Cupboard(s) - Do you have space in your garage to store cases of cookies in February and March? You set the days and times when you are open to distribute cookies to our Troops. It would be fantastic to have cupboards in Dublin and Pleasanton.

Contact Mindy ( if you have any questions regarding cookie roles.
Contact Archana ( if you have any questions regarding Service Unit roles.
October GSNorCal Council Information

Link here for October Council Information
UPDATED Silver and Gold Award Training (for Girls & their Leaders)
  • Mission Gold Award: Gold Award Virtual Camp - November 5th-7th (register here)
  • Gold Award Webinars - Tuesdays (November 9th, January 18th, March 9th), 6:00p-7:30p (info here)
  • Silver Award Webinars - Wednesdays (December 8th, February 16th, April 13th), 6:00p-7:30p (info here)
Fall Product Sale Information
Important Dates
  • Troop Volunteer Kickoff, September 11 at 10am.
  • Volunteers receive M2OS access email, September 24
  • EntreprenHERs in Action Day (formerly Digital Day), October 2, 9a-9:45a
  • Fall Take Action Program opens October 2
  • Connect with Weekly Q&As, October 6 – November 17 at 5:30pm. Register
  • Girl delivery option and paper delivery ends October 24
  • Product Deliveries plus receipts arrive November 5-10
  • Womens Entrepreneurship Day November 19
  • Online Storefronts close and order taking ends November 21
  • ACH Debits/Credit to troop accounts Week of November 29

Why is the Fall Product Program great for our girls?
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: Girls develop curiosity, take initiative, and learn to collaborate with others while learning about and supporting emperor penguins to make a global impact.
  • Animal Conservation: Girls offset their carbon footprint and impact the environment and global warming while helping to save emperor penguins by planting trees in California.
  • Sisterhood: Girls become a part of something bigger than themselves when partnering with their Girl Scout sisters to Adopt-an-Emperor Penguin and impact climate change by planting trees.
  • Troops send the PGEB to families.
  • Volunteers: “One and done” product order for troop volunteers with all payments online.

Here are some of the highlights for the 2021 program:
  • Rise Up to impact climate change induced melting sea ice and protect emperor penguins from extinction.
  • Still 20% troop proceeds on all nuts, candy and magazines, one of the highest in the nation
  • M2 simplifies communication throughout the season through emailing direct from M2OS using sample templates.
  • Simplified – Everything you need is on the Fall Take Action Program webpage. Resources are virtual again. If you need the guide printed, this is a great use of service unit funds or product program bonuses to support girl engagement or send us an email at 
  • Simplified – New Money Earning requirements: no specific fall program metrics for troop volunteers to keep track of any longer
  • Simplified – Fall Take Action Program volunteer position acceptance form requirement is discontinued: the program is straightforward for volunteers to manage and we trust you to connect with us as needed, rendering the form unnecessary.

Please be on the lookout for more emails as we get closer to the October 2nd EntreprenHERs in Action Day. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Here's to a fantastic Fall Product Sales for 2021!!

Gwenn Ertoz
(408) 470-9010
Operation Christmas Child
National Shoebox Collection Week is November 15-22, 2021
  • Troop or individual can choose a child age category (age 2-4, 5-9, 10-14)
  • Fill a shoebox with items (everything needs to be of the size that would fit into a shoebox)
  • Bring the boxes to a Collection Drop Off Center the week before Thanksgiving
  • The boxes are shipped to sorting warehouses, then shipped to over 100 countries, including some areas in the U.S

Link here for more information
September Volunteer Meeting Information
Link below to Slide Deck

Link here for September Volunteer Meeting slides

Note, we will not have an October Volunteer Meeting.
Instead we are holding the Leader-Daughter event.
Crossroads Facebook Closed Group
We have a "closed group" on our Facebook Page.  This for adults who are registered Girl Scouts and are screened and cleared.  Because this is a closed group we can share more specific information about service unit events and happenings within Girl Scouts. 

If you would like to be a member of the closed group, use the link to our Facebook Home Page (click here), once there click "More" then "Groups".  From there you can request to join the group.  Once an administrator has verified your membership and volunteer clearance you will be added.

If you notice you have not been approved, be sure to check your Facebook messages.  Sometimes we need to email and follow-up with questions, as our Girl Scout and Facebook names may be different.
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